Namibia, perhaps you’ve never heard of it. Or maybe like the American president, (you know the one with the fake hair), you even miss-pronounce it, ”Nambia”…. It is: Nam-i-bi-a. If you are not in the know, here is a little more information about our beautiful country.
“Namibia, Land of the brave” that is how our National anthem starts. It goes on to “freedom fight we have won” referring back to the struggle for National liberty against the South African Apartheid Regime. We celebrate our independence on 21 March (1990)
Namibia that is a country in the southwestern part of Africa. It is north to South Africa.
Namibia is considered a Desert country, with the vast Namib-Desert stretching along the western coastline. The Atlantic Ocean is our most Western Neighbor, bringing with it the cold waters of the Benguela stream. Our coast is known to be one of the harshest in the world a section thereof has notoriously been dubbed: “Skeleton Coast”, because of the many shipwrecks. If sailors made it to shore, they faced the harsh Namib Desert ….. And well, it’s called Skeleton Coast for a reason.
In our eastern part, you will find the Kalahari Desert, which stretches into our neighboring countries, Botswana and South Africa. It is a beautiful place.
To the North, you will find some “forests” (semi-forest area) while the northeastern part is the least dry part of the country. Our northern neighbors are Angola, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. That strip of land sticking out like a strange sock is called the Caprivi strip.
Our National Flag has in the top left corner a sun. Yes, obviously for the abundant sunshine (life and energy). But each triangle on that sun represents one of the national tribes/cultures. This is a multicultural society. Our national language is English (British), while the slang many of us speak is referred to as Namlish. Most of us are multilingual. I can speak three languages. And like a true Namibian, I have Nam Slang full of flavor, in each of these. Don’t worry, I’ll create a Nam-Slang dictionary as I go along.
Interesting facts on the animal and plant life (fauna and flora):
Namibia is rich in wildlife. It is a huge tourist attraction. We have one of the largest animal parks the Etosha National Park. It is home to the big five (lion, rhino, elephant, leopard, and Buffalo). We also have a huge Variety of other animals, many of which are endangered, such as the Cheetah and the Mountain Zebra.
The Namib Desert is home to one of the oldest plants in the world the Welwitschia, which is over two thousand years old.
Namibia has a vibrant business, mining, and farming sector. Some of our larger exports are Diamonds, Uranium, and other precious metals. We also export meat (beef & mutton) and fish.
Most of our comedies are however imported, making life expensive. Namibian properties are ranked the fifth most expensive in the world and unfortunately, our personal income does not match that, not for the average Namibian anyway.
The Namibian Dollar is 1: 1 with the South African Rand, on which our currency is based. That still means that on a good day we need to pay N$10 for 1 US$. While the Euro and the Pound are even more expensive. I don’t always check the exchange rates.
I hope this has given you some insight into my world and has saved you the trip to Wikipedia.
This is the kind of sunset we get here: